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View Full Version : Help with new site, any major errors seen?



n5tkn
04-07-2007, 06:10 AM
At http://www.mattknows.com/NPCTest, I just wanted to know if anyone sees any major errors or areas I could improve upon. I do have one quirk, when I load the contact page (only that one, upload, and home are done) it makes the browser jump a bit. Something is trying to resize the central content area, something in the form area, but I'm not sure what. Other that, I'm just curious as to what others would do differently.

Thanks.

twodayslate
04-07-2007, 06:05 PM
Not 800x600 friendly. (navigation is squished.)

Very clean.

Excavator
04-07-2007, 06:49 PM
Goodmorning n5tkn,
Yes, the nav breaks badly on resize, you may want to consider moving it to it's own div between #header and #contentwrapper, that way it has the full width available to it.

Looks good other than that.

nexosis
04-07-2007, 07:10 PM
good viewed at 1024 x 768...

n5tkn
04-08-2007, 12:49 AM
Yeah, I'm trying to decide if I need to worry about 800x600. I put the nav into its own div (on the local site, not whats online right now) as was suggested, but it doesn't fix the squishing aspect, really. I'm not too sure as to what to do exactly...

digi duck
04-08-2007, 01:23 AM
if i were you i wouldn't bother with 800x600. Few people tend to use it now anyways.

twodayslate
04-08-2007, 10:12 PM
Yeah, I'm trying to decide if I need to worry about 800x600. I put the nav into its own div (on the local site, not whats online right now) as was suggested, but it doesn't fix the squishing aspect, really. I'm not too sure as to what to do exactly...put a min-width on the nav.

AaronW
04-08-2007, 11:35 PM
Hrm. It's what I like to call a "CSS layout", which I hate to see. Heh.

Beautiful things could be done with that "N" logo... But you've stuck it beside some beveled text and centered it at the top of the page. Everything else on the page was created using DIVs and CSS.

It's just sort of strange. That "N" logo looks really clean and fancy, and like someone spent a decent bit of time in a graphics app coming up with it. Just doesn't fit the layout.

That said, I'm guessing you weren't the one who designed the logo? Maybe they could design a layout that matched it a little more closely? I see it as a "major error" when a developer is hired to do a designer's job, is all.

n5tkn
04-09-2007, 02:38 AM
Well, I'm both the designer and the coder. Been doing the former a long time, but more of a "mechanical" type of designer, that is I'm far more at home in Illy than PS although I can get the job done. Seeing as I've only been trying to learn CSS and really webdesign (though I have heavy background in computers) for a month I don't think its too bad. I'd of course welcome any suggestions, plus I've not finished styling it yet. I am trying to get the base layout done for a class I'm talking, I'm finishing up my degree at 32 years old.

twodayslate
04-09-2007, 03:26 AM
Top half looks good, don't like the people working image and the footer. The text is hard to read on the footer. Try white.
Also put some padding on Matt says...

Other than that and the resolution problem everything looks great. No complaints on the logo.

n5tkn
04-09-2007, 04:51 AM
Thanks! I'll work on those items! I am going to post over in CSS and HTML problems about 2 problems on my parent site of where this one is located. I've got problems with Safari not running the photo headers across the photos, and need help with the form over there too. Hint. Ha. Thanks guys!

AaronW
04-09-2007, 05:37 AM
My suggestion would be to get a little more graphical. I mean, that logo could sit in the top left of the page (convert the layout to fixed-width) then use a cleaner, less-styled bit of text for the actual site/company name to its right. Some gradients, textures, and tapered shadows here or there. I don't know.

I guess if you're a student, that sort of thing will have to wait. I just thought that the logo looked out of place on such an otherwise simple-looking page. One thing that would be within reach, though, would be to convert the layout to fixed-width and then left-align that logo and the rest of the header. Have you seen it at 1152x864? Or 1280x800? These are common resolutions. Especially for people visiting a print shop's web site, I'm sure.

twodayslate
04-09-2007, 06:08 AM
My suggestion would be to get a little more graphical. I mean, that logo could sit in the top left of the page (convert the layout to fixed-width) then use a cleaner, less-styled bit of text for the actual site/company name to its right. Some gradients, textures, and tapered shadows here or there. I don't know.

I guess if you're a student, that sort of thing will have to wait. I just thought that the logo looked out of place on such an otherwise simple-looking page. One thing that would be within reach, though, would be to convert the layout to fixed-width and then left-align that logo and the rest of the header. Have you seen it at 1152x864? Or 1280x800? These are common resolutions. Especially for people visiting a print shop's web site, I'm sure.
I disagree. Why fixed? He has no reason to use fixed, he is using little to no images. Fluid layouts are all resolution friendly. He just needs to know how to make it work. (ems for fonts and % for almost all widths)

Gradients would be nice but it still looks fine the way it is.

n5tkn
04-10-2007, 04:24 PM
Thanks guys, you all are great help. As soon as school settles down some, I'm going to implement the changes you've suggested. I also picked up another book last night, The Art and Science of CSS (I think thats the title, its not in front of me right now) from Sitepoint. Looks really good too. My wife hates when we go to the book store, I always come out with at least one, sometimes 2 or 3 books. Heh. :D

bk4_BJ
04-12-2007, 04:27 PM
Pictures load VERY SLOW!!! at least for me.

It is a plain site... Idk what you were going for as a final product but...

If you wre going for plain then you hit it on the nose. Good functionality.

n5tkn
04-17-2007, 05:16 AM
put a min-width on the nav.

I tried min-width on the ul#tabNav, but nothing changed, it was still scrunchable (I tried 500px). What did I do wrong...(its not on the live site...at least not this minute..., just locally...)



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